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Newspapers accounts of Stonewall Jackson's two funerals - something is amiss

Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by E_just_E, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. E_just_E

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    This has been bugging me for a while, and I'd love to hear opinions.

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    Jackson had 2 funeral ceremonies:

    One in Richmond on May 12, 1863. Full newspaper transcript from Richmond Dispatch is here.
    A second one in Lexington where he is buried, on May 20, 1863. Full newspaper transcript from Lexington Gazette is here.

    Do you see anything missing from those accounts?
    (Hint: it is a name.)
     
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    His wife is almost an afterthought and no mention of his daughter.
     
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    At the time of Jackson's death Anna had been living with relatives in North Carolina when Julia was born there. I'm currently re-reading H. K. Douglas' I Rode With Stonewall and he says that when Julia was born Jackson told NO one about it and that they finally heard it from outside rumors. Of course Julia was still a tiny infant when he died and although she and her mother were present, I imagine she was left out of any ceremonies or memorial services. As for Anna, I imagine she and Julia returned to her family in North Carolina so their exposure in Lexington was likely very limited.
     
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    Just want to get clear - from posters and the ranger at Jackson's death site his wife came to his side from Richmond in the company of the wife of Rev. Moses Hoge. Are you saying she was in North Carolina when he was wounded ? If so, how did she get to Richmond (and why) ? Looks like she was in Virginia although not in Lexington.
     
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    He told no one and even warned Anna not to cherish the child to much! Why because they had lost a child prior and feared the same.
     
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    The flag that draped the casket was the new official (second not final) flag of the confederacy. It was meant to fly in Richmond but Davis felt it was best used in this application. Jackson had already become Iconic in the south. I really don't find it odd his wife was not named. In those days the loss of Jackson was the country's concern and heard ache. His funeral precession has been likened to Lincolns. Although the South could not possibly organize a pageant as grand as Lincolns. It was equal based on their limited resources. He had three funerals. IIRC his remains were moved to their present day location when the decision was made to erect the current day monument. I could be wrong going completely from memory here.
     
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    That just led me down a rabbit hole of Stonewall's lineage on findagrave. His grandson and great grandson followed in his footsteps, the latter being killed in action in WW2.
    Stonewall's granddaughter lived until 1991 to the age of 103. Blows my mind.
     
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    I've visited the grave twice. I know his grandson is buried there but I'm not sure his Granddaughter is there.

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    Sorry that was unclear - Julia was born in N. C. about 6 months before Jackson's death and it wasn't until after he moved his headquarters from the Corbin House at Moss Neck to near Hamilton's Crossing around the middle of April that Anna showed up with Julia. According to Douglas, who was by then serving part-time with the Stonewall Brigade and only occasionally with Jackson who had established his headquarters in tents, Julia was put up at the Yerby House (if I remember right). When the campaign began, she and the baby were packed off to Richmond, from where she returned after Jackson was wounded. I believe though that they were renting out their house in Lexington; or at least hadn't been living there for some time, making it unlikely Anna would stay there when she could go back and live with her relatives in N. C. where she had been previously.
     
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    Thanks, that does clear things up.
     
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    Somewhat unrelated, but have you noticed who is buried in the plot next to his? Pretty ironic
     
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    No, who?
     
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    Next to his family plot is the Brooke Family Plot, hosting among others General George Mercer Brook (d 1851) and his sister Anna Maria Brooke (d 1854,) the mother of Richard Brooke Garnett... I find it pretty ironic based on the relationship of Jackson with Dick Garnett.
     
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    As do I. I wish I'd have seen that. Thanks E. I'll look next time I'm there.
     
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    Ironically neither the flag that covered the casket. The flag on the left is the final flag of the Confederacy. I do however love the lemons. Another interesting topic I've never fully explored. Some say merely folklore.
     
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    Pic of the flag that covered the casket...?
     
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    I'll find it and send it. No Red bar on the end. Same flag otherwise.
     
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    This is the flag that draped Jackson's casket. It was the prototype that was meant to fly over the Whitehouse in Richmond.

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    The red band was added to the final version of the Confederate flag.
     
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